A conversation with Elizabeth Joldeski, Executive Officer, Mainstreet Australia
Main streets are both economic and social hubs for local communities by providing access to employment, services and goods, and by serving as community gathering points. For example, in Victoria, Australia, Main Streets account for 12% of the state’s jobs and generate over AUD 50 billion in economic value annually. However, across the OECD these “hearts” of communities are facing increasing pressures, as a result of digitalisation, demographic change, and short-term shocks, such as COVID-19 and inflation. Join this conversation to hear about the last activities, challenges and trends shaping main streets across Australia and new policy approaches that are needed in response.
Moderated by Anna Rubin, Manager of the OECD Local Development Forum